Network Appliance Announces New Data Protection Software Solution

Sunnyvale, CA - March 20, 2002 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions, today announced SnapVault, an innovative data protection software solution for NetApp® filers that simplifies backup management and speeds data recovery. Together, SnapVault software and the NearStore R100 storage appliance improve data protection, reduce business interruptions, and lower management costs. This capability augments Network Appliance's leadership in providing robust, scalable, and economical storage architectures for global enterprises.

Combining SnapVault software and the NearStore R100 allows enterprises to back up even more data online with minimal impact on filer performance and capacity. SnapVault software enables customers to efficiently copy and store Snapshot™ files from multiple local and remote filers to the NearStore R100. This fast, automated process eliminates the need for scarce backup time windows, ensures immediate access to data for fast recovery, and significantly reduces management complexity, while improving solution performance. This approach fundamentally changes and improves primary storage backup, enabling centralization and consolidation of data protection resources.

"Global businesses are running 24x7 and backup windows are continually shrinking, driving enterprises to explore alternatives to traditional data backup and recovery. Coupling technologies like the NearStore R100 appliance and SnapVault software enables companies to offload backup from mission-critical storage resources to a centralized repository. This approach maximizes storage performance, eliminates the need to bring resources offline for backup, and ensures faster data recovery," said Steve Duplessie at Enterprise Storage Group.

"Information is vital to our business and it is imperative that we protect critical data. NetApp SnapVault software simplifies local and remote filer backup with automated technology that consolidates Snapshots to a NearStore R100 appliance, before archiving to tape," said Jeff Kennedy, UNIX Systems Administrator, at AMCC. "This cost-effective architecture gives us the highest level of data protection, requires less overall management, and reduces our total cost of ownership."

  • Automated and simple online data protection
  • Centralized backup of local and remote filers
  • Efficient use of network bandwidth and storage capacity
  • Enhanced NDMP-compliant tape backup solutions

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About Network Appliance

Network Appliance, Inc., a leader in enterprise network storage, has been providing data access solutions since 1992 and is a member of both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 index. Major corporations and service providers, including Citicorp Securities, Lockheed, Merrill Lynch, Oracle, Texas Instruments, and Yahoo!, utilize NetApp global data management solutions.

The company pioneered the concept of the "network appliance," an extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized products that perform a single function. NetApp storage platforms (NetApp filers, NearStore, and NetCache® appliances) are coupled with powerful data management, content distribution, and reporting software, offering seamless storage management from the corporate data center to the remote office. The Network Appliance™ product portfolio utilizes the company's innovative data access software, known as the Data ONTAP™ operating system, as well as standards-compliant hardware. It also offers multiprotocol support and transparent integration for UNIX® and Windows® environments.

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